Today’s Obituary Notices:
Brent W. Olsen
Born in Seattle on August 5, 1954 and passed away April 30, 2013.
Dan was a Tacoma native but lived in Olympia this past 20-years. Dan was a friend to all who were lucky enough to know him. He was a loyal employee of 32-years at Pierce Transit. Dan had lifelong passion for cars and was an avid racing enthusiast. Dan is survived by his loving wife Dixie of 21-years, his brother John, four children (Sheila, Jeff, Jami, and Lorrie), and 9-grandchildren.
Dan had a passion for cars and enjoyed owning a variety models, new and old. He really loved road trips and it was always hard to get him out from behind the wheel, even if your bladder was bursting. His passion for cars began before he could walk or talk. As a boy, Dan delivered newspapers to auto dealers along South Tacoma Way and spent much of his free time pretending he was driving them all. As an adult Dan became an avid car racing enthusiast, he loved dirt cup racing and NASCAR.
Big Dan was always ready to offer advice and help with any automotive concern that came his way, spending hours explaining why the thing ticked this way or that. His long pauses were spent listening and processing information before he would offer his opinion in great length and clarity to ensure you had every detail.
Dan was a little crazy about his dogs, especially his dachshunds (Teeny Weenie, Weinerschnitzel, and Chewie). But not be denied, his rottenweiler loved him dearly and counted on him for care and love. Dan was a dog’s best friend, not the dog was Dan’s best friend.
A friend to all who were lucky enough to know him, Dan was the king of the one liners, his original sense of humor was continually catching us all off guard. He was colorfully expressive and could spin a yarn like nobody’s business, always making sure he told you the “whole” story, in every little detail.
Great words that describe how Dan lived his life include: integrity, honesty, tenacity, loving, caring, thoughtful, careful listening, and mindfulness. He set the bar high on how we should all live our lives. He will be greatly missed by all those who love and cherish him.
Memorial services will be held at Mt. View’s Valley Chapel on Saturday, May 11, 2013 at 1:00 PM. For more information visit www.mountainviewtacoma.com.
Brent W. Olsen age 70, died May 1, 2013 due to complications of Parkinson’s disease.
Survivors include spouse Reba, of the home, daughter Sanna Liv Stohs, her spouse Martin, and their son Oshin Koa, of Lynnwood, and son Jared Olsen and his spouse Elizabeth, of Chattanooga.
Contributions may be made in Brent’s honor to the American Parkinson Disease Association, The Compline Choir of St. Mark’s Cathedral in Seattle, Pacific Lutheran University in Parkland, and The Nature Conservancy.
A memorial service will be held at Mountain View Cemetery, 1:30 p.m. on Friday, May 10.
Arrangements by Mountain View Funeral Home, 253-584-0252. Please sign the online guest book at www.mountainviewtacoma.com.
Robert “Woody” Woodall, of Lakewood, Washington, passed away April 30, 2013 at home.
Robert was born in Tallassee, Alabama to Harold Rex and Gertrude Wadsworth Woodall on September 3, 1933. He graduated from Tallassee High School in 1951, and attended the University of Alabama. He served twenty years in the Air Force, retiring as major in 1973. He spent 21 years as airfield manager at McChord AFB, retiring in 1995. He was a member of Lakewood Presbyterian Church, serving as elder and treasurer.
Robert is survived by his wife of 52 years, Sarah Lane (Mayo) Woodall, his three daughters and their families, Susan Ford (David), Sydney Ford, and Steven Ford (Tara High), great-grandson Alek; Elizabeth Bumgarner (Terry), Tara Bumgarner (Vincent Damian), great-grandson Alejandro; Robin Conner (Mark), Jessica Conner, Jeffrey Conner, and Jennifer Eilertson (Jon). Additional survivors include his brother Mike Woodall (Gloria), sister-in-law Martha Mayo (Robert Shea), brother-in-law Sterlon Mayo (Doris Resetar), and MANY special nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Interment service with full military honors is May 9 at Tahoma National Cemetery at 10 AM. Memorial service at 2 PM at Lakewood Presbyterian Church, 8601 104th St. SW, Lakewood, WA 98498, with Barlow Buescher and Mary McGonigal officiating.
The family wishes to extend their gratitude to their beloved friends and extended family. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the church’s Memorial Fund.
Arrangements by Mountain View Funeral Home, 253-584-0252. Please sign the online guestbook at www.mountainviewtacoma.com.